SACRED HEART (16-11, 14-2 NEC) vs. SAINT FRANCIS U (14-14, 11-5 NEC)
GAME 28 * Fairfield, Conn. * Coach Bike Court at the William H. Center * 1:05 PM
Inside the Series...
- This is the 31st meeting between SHU and SFU
- Both teams come into Saturday's contest on a hot streak with the Pioneers having won their last seven, and SFU taking its last five
- The Pioneers are on a three-game win streak against SFU after topping the Red Flash earlier this season and sweeping it in 2014-15 winning 82-77 at home before traveling to Loretto for a high-scoring affair a week later when they topped the Red Flash 101-90
- All contests have come as Division I Northeast Conference foes
- The Pioneers and Red Flash have met three times in the Northeast Conference Tournament. Last year, the Pioneers and Red Flash duked it out in a double-overtime NEC quarterfinal battle. Once again, SHU lost the battle in record-breaking fashion, 132- 124
Last Time They Met...
- Led by Hannah Kimmel's 25 points and Alissa Tarsi's double-double, SHU clinched its first Northeast Conference victory of the season 81-77 over Saint Francis U
- In a game that saw the lead change 16 times, it all came down to the final four minutes. With 4:04 remaining in the game, Aisha Brock gave SFU its final lead, 73-71, landing her sixth three-pointer of the night. Tarsi personally answered the call lifting Sacred Heart to a 76-73 lead with four straight points. Adaysha Williams added two more to the streak before the Red Flash managed one of its final four points, a free throw from Brielle Ward
- The Pioneer offense continued on the road to victory as Williams and Kelcey Castro combined for three points before the final buzzer
- Castro tallied a career-high 18 points
- Tarsi recorded her third double-double of the season grabbing a career-best 14 rebounds and totaling 14 points, while Shelby Hickey pulled down a season-best 10 boards
Scouting the Red Flash...
- Saint Francis entered the NEC play after a 2-9 non-conference slate, with wins over Coastal Carolina (106-74) and West Virginia State (84-78)
- Rookie Jessica Kovatch is second in the league and 10th in the nation averaging 22.0, making her the highest scoring freshman in the county
- The Red Flash is getting beaten at the boards averaging 8.6 less rebounds than its opponents
- The only team that has completed the regular season sweep of SFU is Central Connecticut, while the Red Flash has done so to Wagner, St. Francis Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary's and LIU Brooklyn
Career Numbers vs. the Red Flash...
|Adaysha Williams (6-6)||14.16||3.83||2.5||32.5|
|Shelby Hickey (6-1)||5.67||3.33||1.67||19.67|
|Lerae Ettienne (8-1)||6.75||5.0||0.25||14.62|
|Hannah Kimmel (6-6)||18.5||11.16||1.83||34.34|
|Alissa Tarsi (5-2)||5.0||4.0||0.2||13.8|
|Tykera Carter (1-0)||0||0||0||2|
|Kelcey Castro (1-1)||18||2||4||14|
|Erin Storck (1-0)||4||3||1||22|
|Cleo Polyzou (1-0)||0||0||0||2|
A Piece of the Regular Season Pie...
By beating Bryant Monday night 64-60, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team clinched at least a share of the NEC Regular Season Title for the fifth time in program history. One SHU win or one Bryant loss over the final two games of the season will clinch the entire regular season crown for Sacred Heart, and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament. Three of the previous four times the Pioneers owned at least a share of the regular season title, SHU has gone on to win the NEC Championship.
The Pioneers come home Saturday for their last home game of the regular season. SHU has won its last four home games improving their record to 8-4 this season when playing in the Pitt Center. Sacred Heart has always had success at home boasting a .721 winning percentage (212-82) on its home court. While never posting a losing record at home since the building's opening in 1997, the Pioneers' went undefeated at home twice in 2003-04 (14-0) and 2005-06 (15-0). SHU is 13-5 (.722) when hosting an NEC Tournament game, and have won all three titles on its home floor.
For the 17th straight year, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team clinched a berth into the NEC Tournament with last Saturday's win over Central Connecticut. Last Monday night, with the 62-52 win over Robert Morris, the Pioneers clinched a quarterfinal round home game for the 16th time.
Winning on the Road...
Sacred Heart is now 7-6 on the road after sweeping the last weekend. This marks the first time this year that the Pioneers own a winning road record.
Three NEC Players of the Week...
After averaging 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last week, Hannah Kimmel was named the Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week for the second time in a three-week span. This is the third straight week a Pioneer has picked up the honor as Alissa Tarsi earned her first the week between Kimmel's two nods. Her 16-point performance at Fairleigh Dickinson marked the 14th consecutive outing during which Kimmel scored in double digits. She extended that streak to 15 games two days later in the #NECWBB on ESPN3 Wildcard Matchup. In a battle between the top-two teams in the league standings, Kimmel produced a game-high 22 points, eight rebounds and three steals. She scored seven points over the decisive final 6:33 of the fourth quarter. Kimmel connected at a 58.3 percent rate from inside the arc last week while sinking 92.3 percent of her free throws.